HARTFORD, Conn. (Sep. 20)
The University of Connecticut has expressed “sincere regrets” that its annual Parents Day football game was inadvertently scheduled for Oct. 6–Yom Kippur–and promised to “do everything in its power to avoid such unfortunate conflicts” in the future.
The University’s statement was in response to protests from Gov. Thomas J. Meskill, from rabbis, Jewish community leaders and parents, the Connecticut Jewish Ledger reported. Meskill, in a letter to Glenn W. Ferguson, president of the University, noted that the University had erred previously in scheduling events on holidays– specifically the opening of classes two years ago which conflicted with the first day of Rosh Hashana.
The Governor wrote that while scheduling the calendar “is a tremendous job and one which cannot please everyone, I do think that special effort has to be taken to insure that conflicts” of this type do not continue.